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Local Roundup: Blondell, Deal named All-America golf scholars

    NORMAN, Okla. —Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars have been announced by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
    Logan Blondell and Matt Deal represented Georgia Southern on the 2011 edition of the list, two of the 138 total Division I players to earn the honor. Blondell and Deal, both named All-America Scholars in 2010, helped lead the Eagles to their third-straight NCAA Regional appearance.
    To be eligible for Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar status an individual must be a junior or senior academically, compete in at least two full years at the collegiate level, participate in 70-percent of his team’s competitive rounds or compete in the NCAA Championships, have a stroke-average under 76.0 in Division I and maintain a minimum cumulative grade-point average of 3.2. A recipient must also be of high moral character and be in good standing at his college or university.

Steele publication recognizes Eagles
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — For the second-straight year, Georgia Southern defensive  tackle Brent Russell was selected as a preseason first-team All-American, listed in the 2011 edition of Phil Steele's College Football Preview.             Russell earned several All-America honors in 2010 and was a Buck Buchanan Award finalist. The media organization released its All-America and Southern Conference picks Wednesday. 
    Thirteen members of the GSU football team were selected for first- and second-team Southern Conference honors in the magazine with eight first-team selections, including five on defense.
    Senior defensive tackle Roderick Tinsley, junior linebacker Josh Rowe and senior defensive back Laron Scott joined Russell on the SoCon first-team defensive unit.             Offensive tackle Brett Moore, was selected not only for the first-team SoCon offense, but tapped for the publication's second-team All-America offense.
    In addition to his recognition as a first-team SoCon selection at defensive back, Scott was listed as a third-team All-America choice at that position. Scott appears three times on the Phil Steele publication's honors list with a first-team SoCon selection for his role as kick returner.             Placekicker Adrian Mora and punter Charlie Edwards give the Eagles the majority of the selections on the special teams first-team All-SoCon list.
    Offensive linemen William Maxwell and Dorian Byrd appear on the second-team All-SoCon offense with running backs Robert Brown and J.J. Wilcox. Senior Derek Heyden represents the Eagles on the second-team defense for the league.
    For the first time, Phil Steele's College Football Preview will publish as a standalone magazine with 240 pages devoted to the Football Championship Subdivision. It will be available on newsstands on Aug. 10.